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Z5C Thinko Android TV BOX is one of the rare HDMI TV stick powered by Rockchip RK3288 quad core Cortex A12/A17 processor available on the market. I’ve already take a few pictures of the device and internals, so today I’ll focus on testing the firmware, and performance of this thin and nice looking TV stick.
The 8GB eMMC is partitioned into two partitions: a 0.95 GB “Internal Storage” partition for apps with 658 MB free, and an 8 GB (black magic yet again) “NAND FLASH” partition for data, with about 5.20 GB available space.
The Z5C is a little thicker than other flagship phones at 8.9mm, but that’s because there’s less surface area to lay everything out in. It needs to be a little thicker to accommodate the components. The bezel is pretty narrow at least. The device is small enough that I can get my fingers around the edges and reach almost the entire screen with my thumb. No uncomfortable stretching or repositioning required. I think this is probably the primary selling point of the phone—it’s little.
The “About Z5C Thinko” section reports the model number is Z5C, and it’s running Android 4.4.2 on top of Linux 3.10.0, and the vendor software version is 1.0.3. There’s also a System updates menu, that appears to properly connect to a server, but no new firmware was available at the time of the review.
Where to buy Z5C Thinko Android TV BOX
You can buy the Z5C Thinko Android TV BOX from GearBest, Amazon or Ebay
OS: Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat
Resolution: Up to 4K UHD
CPU: ARM Cortex A17 Quad Core 1.8Ghz
GPU: Mali-764 Quad Core
RAM: 2GB DDR3
ROM: 8GB EBMC
External memory: Micro SD (TF card)
Supports USB Memory and HDD
Fast new processor
Gook looking, thin, and small. One of the rare TV sticks based on Rockchip RK3288 processor
Fast boot (25 seconds)
4K and H.265/HEVC support (although it needs improvement)
Video Output – 1080p support 24, 25 ,30 , 50 and 60 Hz output. 4K @ 60Hz should be supported (not tested).
Support for OTA update (server detected, but not tested since no new firmware was available at the time)
Bluetooth features seem to all work (File transfer, BLE, and maybe Sixaxis)
Gets extremely hot (I measured up to 118 °C), leading to reboot, and it might affect the useful life of the device.
No power button, or proper power off handling, which can lead to data loss.
Many issues with video playback including dropped/skipped frames, and it failed the 2-hour movie playback, because of issue #1 (temperature).
3D games are unplayable due to temperature issues
Potential USB hard drive issue (unreliable)
USB OTG adapter does not seem to work, at least with USB mass storage devices.
At first boot, Wi-Fi module was not detected. Fixed after reboot, and the problem did not occur again.
The internal storage partition is only 0.95 GB, and it can be full after installing a few apps.
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